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BMJ 2012; 345 doi: (Published 01 August 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e5201

Whooping cough vaccination coverage may be widened: The Joint Committee of Vaccination and Immunization for England and Wales will decide what to do about the rising number of whooping cough cases after seeking more data on the effects of different options, including a booster dose in teenagers and vaccinating pregnant women, healthcare workers, neonates, or close contacts of neonates. There were 675 new whooping cough cases in England and Wales in June, bringing the total for 2012 to 2466, more than double the 118 cases reported in …

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